Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Below is a report from Action News. The reporter was very cool and sympathetic to our situation. I can be seen in the background for a few seconds with a green sign that says " No Pa No Way".
It was hot out but its getting only hotter!!
Here is the latest UPDATE this afternoon:
From: Elmwood District Administrator
Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 2:24 PM
To: Elmwood District Staff.
Subject: Budget impasse
FYI: This release may mean we will be paid as soon as 8/7/09 if an agreement is not reached by 8/3.
GOVERNOR RENDELL TO SEEK ‘BRIDGE’ TO PAY EMPLOYEES WHILE BUDGET TALKS CONTINUE
HARRISBURG – Governor Edward G. Rendell announced today that if the General Assembly’s conference committee does not reach a budget agreement by Monday, Aug. 3, he will ask the House of Representatives to send him Senate Bill 850, which has already passed the Senate.
“I intend to approve only the funds that are necessary for the operation of government services and for public safety. I will veto all other line item appropriations,” Governor Rendell said. “I do not consider Senate Bill 850 to be a budget; it is simply a bridge to allow us to pay state workers and ensure the continued efficient operation of state government -- nothing more.
“I had resisted taking this step until now because I was hopeful that the administration and the four legislative caucuses would agree soon on a budget for the 2009-10 fiscal year that began July 1. But in the past few days, communication between legislative leaders and the administration has not been able to close the significant gap. This gap is due in large part to the continued belief on the part of the Senate Republicans that they feel no responsibility to negotiate, compromise or lead,” the Governor added.
“I cannot approve Senate Bill 850 in its entirety because I strongly believe that the funding levels it contains are insufficient for the core state programs of public education and health care, and the crucial economic development program that help create and retain jobs, and much more.
“I remain resolute in my commitment to enact a final budget that adequately funds programs that educate and support the children of this state, and continues to protect our older and disabled citizens, but in doing so I will not allow state employees to suffer any longer. They’ve done nothing wrong. Since July 1, they have reported to work and performed their duties, and they deserve to be compensated without undue delay. They and their families should not have to undergo further financial stress.
“This is by no means a solution to our budget crisis. Our public schools, hospitals, county human service agencies and many other necessary institutions will run short of funds in the next few weeks or months. This would result in the elimination or the severe reduction of services to students, the elderly, the infirm, people with mental disabilities, at-risk children, and other vulnerable residents who rely upon state government.
“I call upon the General Assembly to engage in diligent, non-stop, good faith negotiations in a spirit of compromise, and a willingness to produce a budget that balances fairly the interests of all citizens of Pennsylvania,” he concluded.
The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out more about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his newsletter, visit www.governor.state.pa.us.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I now do understand this issue more then ever since I have taken the 408 bus several times in the past 2 weeks. Looking at the schedules, I wonder how folks with NO car can get by in Cumberland County. As Ms. Jones states in the News of Cumberland County Article:
"It's very tough, she said, to find a job when one must rely on a bus schedule to get there, even for an interview. In fact, it can become a vicious circle. Imagine: you don't have any or enough income to buy a car; so you can't land a job requiring efficient, reliable transportation; so you can't get the money to get that car, to achieve that reliability, that can get you the job."
I wish her luck and would like to help her with pushing the state and county to get serious about this. It must be a part of any economic development plan that is developed. Better yet lets continue the pressure to get started now.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
"Magic mushrooms were the ones from Alice In Wonderland, Mark!
"Let's see; looks like a circumcised phallus (no cap to speak of), flies swarm to the white sticky stuff that oozes from the top.
"Gotta feel a certain kinship, don'tcha, Mike?
"Let me paraphrase: Man, such a gross form of life.
"The house subs were good: American, not Italian, as I disremember.
"Leroy was one happy man the day in 68 when George Wallace won the BHS student mock election!
"In a perfect world next to an ocean ... silence is ga-golden, William ... those houses full of lead? If he still talks that way, Joe Young!
- Dean Richards
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Here are some photos taken today. They are dried out since it has not rained in 2 weeks here in Millville. The video is quite graphic so keep the squimsh away.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Harrisburg: 'F' for failure in a system of shame
Inquirer reporter John Baer It's no surprise that our Legislature gets an “F” from the Center for Public Integrity in a national report on lawmakers disclosing information about assets, holdings or connections to special interests
As a state employee I have to report any 2nd job I have but THEY(our Legislature pictured here)
do not have to.
And the budget impassed drags on.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Bill Moyers on what's wrong with our government, citing the Washington Post's recent embarrassment, asking for lobbyists and CEO's to fork out a load of cash for a cozy dinner at their publisher, Katharine Weymouth's house, until they decided to cancel it after one of the lobbyists leaked the story to The Politico.
This shows how the elite really act!!
MOYERS: Quality, affordable health care's on the critical list in America. And so is the newspaper business. So maybe it's not surprising that one of the most powerful papers in the country attempted an unholy alliance, trying to turn a profit from its newsroom's coverage of the fight for health care reform.
You may have missed the story because it broke on the eve of the July 4th weekend. The publisher of THE WASHINGTON POST, Katharine Weymouth — one of the most powerful people in the nation's capital — invited top officials from the White House, the Cabinet and Congress to her home for an intimate, off-the-record dinner to discuss health care reform with some of her reporters and editors covering the story.
But she then invited CEOs and lobbyists from the health care industry to come, too — providing they fork over $25,000 a head, or a quarter of a million if they want to sponsor a whole series of these cozy little get-togethers. And what is the inducement she offers them? Nothing less than — and I'm quoting the invitation verbatim — "An exclusive opportunity to participate in the health care reform debate among the select few who will actually get it done." The invitation reminds the CEOs and lobbyists that they will be buying access to "those powerful few in business and policy making who are forwarding, legislating, and reporting on the issues."
Remember, the invitation promises this private, intimate, and off-the-record dinner is an extension "of THE WASHINGTON POST brand of journalistic inquiry into the issues, a unique opportunity for stakeholders to hear and be heard."
Let that sink in. The "stakeholders" in health care reform in this case do not include the rabble — the folks across the country who actually need quality health care but can't afford it. If any of them showed up at the kitchen door on the night of this little soiree, a bouncer would drop kick them beyond the beltway.
In other words, before you can cross the threshold in Washington to reach "the select few who will actually get it done," you must first cross the palm of some outstretched hand. The dinner was canceled after the invite was leaked to the website politico.com — by a health care lobbyist, of all people. But it was enough to give us a glimpse into how things really work in Washington. A clear insight into why there is such a great disconnect between democracy and government today, between Washington and the rest of the country.
According to one poll after another, a majority of Americans not only want a public option in health care, they also think that growing inequality is bad for the country, that corporations have too much power over policy, that money in politics is the root of all evil, and that working families and poor communities need and deserve public support when the market fails to generate shared prosperity. But when the insiders in Washington finish tearing worthy intentions apart and devouring flesh from bone, none of these reforms happen. Oh, they say, "it's all about compromise, all in the nature of the give-and-take of representative democracy." That, people, is bull — the basic nutrient of Washington's high and mighty.
It's not about compromise. It's not about what the public wants. It's about money, the golden ticket to "the select few who actually get it done." And nothing will change. Nothing. Until the money-lenders are tossed out of the temple, and we tear down the sign they've placed on government — the one that reads: "For sale."
Friday, July 10, 2009
As the Pa Gov and legislature collect their per deims ( $158.00 per day) and squabble, some of us will not get paid and the cynicsm grows like weeds. PA is one of the very few states that actually had a decrease in the number of state employees from 2003-2008..
Also interesting is the following, showing that PA has one of the lowest ratios of state employees per 10,000 state residents.
All I know is I need to get paid and I will not be paid on July 31st if there is no Pa State budget is passed. Its all too much
Here is a memo from our office manager. Love the all caps??!
"TO ALL STAFF,
DUE TO THE BUDGET IMPASSE IT IS NECESSARY THAT WE CONSERVE OUR OFFICE SUPPLIES. PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF WHAT IS BEING PRINTED. SINCE OUR COPIER PAPER WILL BE THE FIRST TO RUN OUT AND MAY NOT BE REPLENISHED UNTIL THE BUDGET IS PASSED, PLEASE PRINT ONLY WHAT IS PERTINENT TO STATE WORK. OTHER COMMODITIES SUCH AS
TONER ARE A MAJOR CONCERN AND WE MUST MAKE THESE LAST AS LONG AS NECESSARY.
THANKING YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR COOPERATION."
Notify property owners first about school site
I feel I must write in response to an article printed in The Daily Journal on June 26 regarding the new Millville High School.
Last week I took a few days off to vacation with family and friends. When I came home on Friday evening I had already received two calls on my cell phone, three calls on my home phone and five people who had stopped by my house. All of the calls were as a result of an article in Friday's paper regarding the eight sites being considered for the new high school.
Imagine my surprise when I got home and saw my beautiful home on the front page of the paper -- not because of its appearance, but because it is one of the eight sites being considered! The article stated "not all the property owners know the land is under consideration for the new school." I can vouch for that! We had no clue. We found out that they are thinking of building a school on our property by reading it in the newspaper!
At a family function the next day, our friends were joking that they were going to put a sign in our front yard that says "Future Home of Millville Senior High School." We didn't find the joke funny.
The article said that of the eight properties, the school board would decide on the final three and a "resolution would be adopted at the July 21 meeting." A resolution being "adopted" means the issue has already been resolved. That means that the final three have already been chosen by the time the July 21 meeting rolls around. I called the board office to get more information and to find out the location and time of the meeting and it was at that time that I learned that a meeting had already been held the night before. I then learned that the final three had in fact been chosen! The board will apparently submit the three finalists to the state at a meeting to be held next week. I have been advised that the discussions are under closed session and not open to the public!
I find this appalling. Common courtesy would have been to contact the property owners first. We built our house only four years ago and have put a lot of ourselves into it, not to mention a lot of money! I think the people involved in this transaction need to contact all people involved and keep them apprised of the developments of this school project. But, of course, that would be too considerate and more aggravation for them because of the stir it would cause.
Well, most of my neighbors and I are ready to cause that stir
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Why should the abatment be cancelled for the whole shopping center when ONLY 2 stores are out of business.What happens if anouther business leaves? Will this issue come up again and again. Shopping Centers over the years change tenents. Does having an abatement force the shopping center to defend the abatementfor the other 90% or more that are STILL in business and STILL providing jobs?Surely there must be a good argument. The shopping center and the city should be able to defend itself with solid reasons since the MF will go after this forever.Is Porecca going to sue the city again? He diserves many awards for Chutzpah
Not to mention that the city collects $9003 more than if the 2 stores were fully taxed for 5 years. So lets give Millville a chance. Did we not have an election in May?
Monday, July 06, 2009
Friday, July 03, 2009
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
"The Cumberland County Freeholder Board voted unanimously Wednesday to proceed with a countywide open space plan, which will take into account the entirety of the county's undeveloped space and recommend which areas are fit for development, which areas should be preserved for public use and which areas should be left alone.Just as important, the plan will allow Cumberland County access to state Green Acres funding.
Here are some photos of this historic night that some have waited since 1994.
The devil of course is in the details. We do have a Freeholder election this November. Will this slow down the momentium of this moment as folks jocky for postion? Not sure but I do know that the pressure must keep up if we are to have an open space plan within the 2 years that County Plan Bob Brewer says it will take. From what I have heard we need to keep an eye on Mr. Brewer and have a diverse mix of folks serve on the committee that will be developing this plan. Mr Brewer in this meeting it would take about a year to 2 years. He said it would take 6 months to come up with a draft proposal Let us see what transpires.
Open Space is too important for foot dragging.